Natasia is the eldest child of the Emperor Andreth, ruler of the Four Realms. If she were a boy, she’d be the unquestioned heir to the throne. But as a girl, her main duty in life is to marry someone her father can shape into his successor. It’s an expectation she’s always hated, but what choice does she have?
Everything changes when an unknown would-be assassin nearly takes Tasia’s life. Someone wants to destabilize the Empire — but who? Was the assassin aligned with the power-hungry Western lords, who have always rebelled against the Emperor? Was the assassin hired by the barbarians in the East, who are fighting against the Empire’s subjugation? Or was the assassin a member of the mysterious Cult of Culo?
The Emperor suddenly begins to look at his daughter differently. Unsure of whom he can trust, he realizes that Natasia might be his best option for an heir. As palace intrigue becomes increasingly dangerous, the reckless, rebellious, and stubborn princess suddenly has to face the responsibility of learning to lead.
Will she rise to the occasion? Or will the Empire fall at the hands of one of its many enemies?